Date: 22nd April 2017 at 1:30pm
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Former Blues manager Alex McLeish has warned Harry Redknapp to expect a baptism of fire as he leads his new charges into tomorrow’s second city derby at Aston Villa.

Big Eck told the Daily Mirror- ‘I’ve seen the rivalry from both sides and it’s fiery. Harry could not have asked for a more difficult first game as Birmingham manager’.

McLeish was the last Blues manager to taste success against their arch rivals – the League Cup quarter final win in 2011.

He warned- ‘by nature, derbies can be a bit vitriolic, but somewhere between all the emotion and passion, it’s about three points’.

McLeish recalled the quarter final victory with mixed feelings. He said- ‘The crowds reaction felt as if turning them over was the be all and end all. But I felt that Birmingham City was a big enough club to stand on its own feet as a major club in the Midlands’.

Blues have won only one of their 11 clashes against Villa.

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